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SLP2002070307- ST. LOUIS, July 3 (UPI) -- Mission Control Director for balloonist Steve Fossett Joe Ritchie nervously watches television as he awaits word that Fossett has landed in Australia, at Mission Control at Washington University in St. Louis on July 3, 2002. rlw/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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James Stephen Fossett (April 22, 1944 – c. September 3, 2007) was an American commodities trader, aviator, sailor, and adventurer and the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made his fortune in the financial services industry, and was best known for many world records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.

A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Fossett set 116 records in five different sports, 60 of which still stood when he disappeared

On September 3, 2007, Fossett was reported missing after the plane he was flying over the Nevada desert failed to return. Despite a month of searches by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and others, Fossett could not be found, and the search by CAP was called off on October 2, 2007. Privately funded and privately directed search efforts continued, but after a request from Fossett's wife, he was declared legally dead on February 15, 2008.

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